It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

… and my old man won’t be snoring in my bed tonight, but busy babysitting a ship overnight as they continue to not do their job properly.

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I’ve been absent a few days due to a change in schedule. Caleb is supposed to be gone for work on our 10th wedding anniversary and leaves the weekend prior, so he wanted to do something special this past weekend (but to start on Thursday).

I walked the neighbor’s kids to school, went to class to teach other’s how to do a push up (practice one-on-one training), dropped off supplies and other interns at the school before going to my follow-up appointment about my upper back. The doctor says I need to stretch, get deep tissue massages, try fire cupping (often), and gave me a list of exercises to do because between my neck and shoulders the muscles are tight.

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I drove from there to Planet Fitness for my second informational interview with Amber. I will need to take my writing from college to third grade level for my professor so that she can check that I answered all the questions properly. I finished that and arrived home to Caleb in a nice shirt and his fancy shoes. I put on jeans and a sweater.

We stayed in a hotel with a jacuzzi tub within walking distance of a pizza bar and had homemade chocolate covered strawberries back in the room to go with the peach champagne, brownies, and bubble bath. Caleb tried a Ghost of Anniversaries Past idea, so things I won’t share here, but it included cookies, Uber, the mall, and three beds.

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He booked the hotel for two nights (Saturday wasn’t available), so we went to the gym Friday morning, I went to school for another workout (Techniques of Weight Training), and then did data entry at work while the kids put on a musical show. I arrived to the hotel to new drinks, my smallest bikini, and some good smelling lotion.

Saturday was spent mostly in bed. We had met at the hotel and were meant to return one car home, but had too much fun the night before and cancelled our drive to Knott’s Berry Farm. Sunday was used to do homework and update/transfer data to my new phone. I drove to school Monday with a golden spider and dropped my old phone in the mailbox on the way home.

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Today I stopped by Caleb’s office on my way to the gym where I’d celebrate my first run in five months (19.5 weeks). I focused on my stride and how it felt to run at varying speeds. My shins felt it more than my toe, but now my legs can get used to the pressure again and I can increase my speed, incline, and distance.

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31 Flavors, 32 Questions

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1.) Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
I only have one door and it stays closed to keep Sparky out.

2.) Do you take shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
Only if I use them so they don’t go to waste. I take soap bars too.

3.) Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
I tuck them in so Sparky doesn’t pull them off the bed and it keeps Caleb and I from                      stealing them from each other.

4.) Have you ever stolen a street sign?
I’ve earned one by adopting highway in Florida.

5.) Do you cut out coupons and then never use them?
I never liked what was being sold.

6.) Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
I’ve survived a swarm of hornets (thanks lil brother).

7.) Do you always smile for pictures?
Mostly, especially if I know they’re being taken.

8.) Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Sometimes, but more like you count notes on sheet music.

9.) Have you ever peed in the woods?
Every time I’m there.

10.) Do you still watch cartoons?
I don’t have a schedule or a show, but it happens.

11.) Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Well if I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden anymore.

12.) What do you drink with dinner?
Water, kombucha, mushroom matcha.

13.) What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
The trash.

14.) What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
The ones that make me laugh, make me think, and inspire me.

15.) Were you ever a girl scout?
For one day.

16.) Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
I can pose. I can’t dance.

17.) Can you change the oil in your car?
If I had to, but I’ve rarely had to change my tires.

18.) Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yes, in more than one country.

19.) Afraid of heights?
Nope, I like getting close to the edge.

20.) Do you sing in the car?
Definitely when I’m alone.

21.) Is Christmas stressful?
Nope, it’s a time to travel and appreciate the beauty of life.

22.) Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid.
Teacher, veterinarian, psychiatrist.

23.) Do you believe in ghosts?
No, but I suppose I never met Santa either.

24.) The first concert you ever went to.
That’s a good question, most-visited venue though: The Norva

25.) Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?
Wal-Mart mostly; it’s closer

26.) Nike or Adidas?
Adidas was the 90s and Nike is today

27.) Can you curl your tongue?
Yes I can, like a pita taco.

28.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes, it’s a cute feeling.

29.) The last concert you saw?
An elementary school show in honor of Black History Month.

30.) Can you swim well?
No, but I can not drown for a while.

31.) Can you knit of crochet?
I can knit a bit thanks to Caroline.

32.) Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I’m an on my last two dogs I’ll ever own person

Thanks to Kat for the inspiration via an old blog post.

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Crazy Is as Crazy Does

Q&A a Day: Who is the craziest person in your life? me; I answer this question the same every year because I hear the same thing from every one I know or meet. I’ve been the crazy, weird, and adventurous person for as long as I can remember. My yearbook was signed by classmates who told me to never change my crazy ways. My dad constantly reminds me how sometimes I’m too crazy for my own good, but I find that’s what makes life worth living (putting yourself and others, safely, on the edge).

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shrink-wrap rice… it’s what’s for dinner

Sipping ginseng mushroom matcha tea with almond milk while I think about my vanilla protein rosé vodka waffles. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done lately?

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To Wear His Sweater

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That was the choice Caleb made at 4am as he dressed me for the emergency room. I’ve “tweaked” my left shoulder before, both times over holiday weekends and have gone to the chiropractor for a fix, but left last time and told them I wouldn’t return… and I meant it. I hurt my right shoulder this time and thought I was working through the pain, but after two pain relievers (enough to make me sleep through a broken toe) with no relief, Caleb decided we both needed sleep.

I thought it might be a knotted rhomboid, rear deltoid, or latissimus dorsi muscle and the doctor thought it might be my levator scapulae, so he did some superficial massage with no relief. I was released an hour later with some ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer after being given a shot of ketorolac tromethamine in my gluteal muscle. I took two flexeril and still woke up early, but not in as much pain.

I would get groggily through the next two days, not really coherent and trying to sleep away the pain. I need to follow-up with my doctor to find the exact location of the issue so I can work on rehabbing it or avoiding the cause (which might be lifting more than 10 pounds over my head). I’m feeling better today and was able to gym for twenty minutes, walk the dogs for half an hour, and get some grocery shopping done.

Now to catch up on my questions of the day…

16th: What was the last performance or concert you went to? A free concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on January 14th with Caleb and his Uncle Ed.

17th: If you could change something about today, what would it be? To not be in pain that requires prescription meds that bring about temporary relief.

18th: What’s the most expensive thing you’re wearing now? my Samsung Gear S2, then my sweater and shoes, and then the rest of my outfit.

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Skipping Homework

Q&A a Day: Write down the cure for a broken heart.

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New hobbies, friends, haircut
Lots of chocolate, tears, and time
Sad songs, thick books, romantic films
Hot baths, long drives, sunshine
Memories, distractions, lessons
Puppies, hugs, and acceptance

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